Scottish musician James Yorkston, active since 2002, writes honest, eclectic songs that transcend the boundaries of any style – traditional folk or otherwise – from which he draws influence. He has toured extensively, as known and loved around the UK, USA, Europe and Asia for his no-nonsense stage rapport as his poignant songwriting, and regularly performs at festivals such as Green Man, Latitude, Bestival, Celtic Connections, Field Day and End of the Road.
An integral member of the Fence Collective, his fruitful solo career has been punctuated by regular and varied collaborations with artists including the Waterson family, Martin Carthy and Bert Jansch. His most recent project, Yorkston Thorne Khan, fuses Indian classical music and the poetry of Ivor Cutler with indie-folk, krautrock and jazz influences, and has been received with enthusiastic acclaim since 2016.
He has released eight studio albums, been featured twice on BBC2’s The Culture Show, has had a 20-minute documentary about him screened on Channel 4 and was a musical director for the BBC Electric Proms tribute to Lal Waterson. In 2011 his debut book ‘It’s Lovely to be Here – The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent’ was published by Faber. In April 2016 Freight Books published James’ debut novel ‘Three Craws’.
Widely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, Kris Drever’s output is prolific. Son of Wolfstone member Ivan Drever, Kris followed in his father’s footsteps to pick up the guitar and use it to power his melodies. Since swapping Orkney for Edinburgh, Kris has played alongside the likes of Eddi Reader, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and Kate Rusby among many others. In 2007 he joined Lau, and ever since, the band have garnered plaudit after plaudit.
Kris hasn’t stopped there, and added various other projects to his plate including Drever McCusker Woomble, working and touring with Heidi Talbot, another solo release (2010’s ‘Mark The Hard Earth’), and teaming up with Eamon Coyne for a duets album, ‘Storymap’. As Lau goes from strength to strength, Kris is carving a reputation for himself as a formidable force in music all on his own.
Withered Hand (aka Dan Willson) is a Scottish musician and songwriter, whose music is inspired by indie rock and folk roots. He was a member of the Fence Collective, a group of musicians that includes James Yorkston, Rozi Plain and Lone Pigeon associated with Fence Records, a label set up by fellow Scottish musician King Creosote. He has released two studio albums, ‘Good News’ (2009, re-released in 2011) and ‘New Gods’ (2014). He performed at South by South West in 2014, and has been championed by BBC 6Music’s Marc Riley.